legislation

Mississippi: Teacher pay, initiatives still alive midsession

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are halfway through their three-month session. Here are some issues still being considered: TEACHER SALARIES — The House and Senate have passed separate plans to increase some of the lowest teacher salaries in the…

Mississippi legislators adjourn their 3-month session

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators have ended their 2021 session. They adjourned Thursday - days after approving a state budget and passing dozens of bills. The budget is for the year that begins…

Teacher pay raise dies in legislature

Educators across the Coast are reacting after a proposed pay raise for state teachers died in the legislature yesterday. The Senate passed a bill in February to give most teachers a $1,000 pay raise and a larger raise for newer…

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich asking for support

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich is seeking support for spillway legislation. During next Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Gilich will be asking the city council to approve four measures designed to help avoid last summer’s spillway opening. Recommended by the Mississippi…

Mississippi Legislation Deadline

Tuesday was the final day for committees to act on general bills originating in their own chamber. As Mississippi lawmakers have reached their first three-month session deadline, here’s some of the bills set to advance to the full House or…

Mississippi Legislature deadline

Mississippi lawmakers have reached their first three-month session deadline. Tuesday was the final day for committees to act on general bills originated in their own chamber. Surviving bills will move to the full House or Senate for debate. Here’s a…

Mississippi Legislative Session opens January 8th

Lawmakers throughout the state are hoping they can all work together to get their bills passed into law in the 2019 Mississippi Legislative Session set to open next Tuesday. The 2019 state legislative session doesn’t open until next Tuesday, but…

Local and state leaders reach to election results

Last night’s election results were at the top of the agenda at this morning’s legislative preview at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula. There were mixed emotions from local and state leaders as they weighed in on the outcome. Senator Brice…

Legislators meet for special session today

Governor Phil Bryant has issued the official document to call lawmakers to Jackson to discuss more money for roads and bridges. Legislators are meeting today at the state capitol. Their plan includes diverting some taxes on internet sales to cities…

Coast Legislation speaks to business owners

Senator Michael Watson, Senator Joel Carter and Representative Scott Delano stopped by the Knight Nonprofit Center this morning to speak in front of the Gulf Coast Business Council. They discussed the issues that dominated the 2018 Mississippi legislative session. According…

Fighting gang activity

The Mississippi Legislature continues in regular session and could soon be one step closer to fighting gang activity in the state. Another member of the Simon City Royal gang on the Mississippi Gulf Coast was sentenced. Sherry Lynn Emile pled…

Special session wraps up

After working into the night, state lawmakers wrap up a special session in just one day, an effort to save taxpayers what can cost up to $100,000 a day when legislators are working in the capitol. Budgets were worked out…

Special session to focus on budget

The upcoming special session for the Mississippi Legislature will solely focus on dealing with the state budget. Previously there was speculation lawmakers could consider the idea of a lottery during next month’s special session. Governor Phil Bryant put an end…

Craft Beer Legislation

Two bills making their way through Jackson right now could lead to local Craft Brewers finally cracking open previously untapped potential. House Bill 13-22 and Senate Bill 26-13 would both allow craft breweries to sell their beer directly from their…

Bill Killing Deadline Coming up in Jackson

State lawmakers are back at the capital today for what is set to be a busy week. Committees are expected to be running at full speed passing bills to their full chambers. This is in advance of the first killing…

Gulf Coast Legislation Reception

Tonight hundreds of leaders from South Mississippi’s business community take over Jackson for the 2017 Gulf Coast Legislative Reception. The annual event is an opportunity for community leaders to discuss Gulf Coast issues face to face with our state legislators.…

Pledge Of Allegiance Legislation

"Say the pledge or pay the price." That is the message behind a new bill in Jackson. Republican Representative William Shirley is the main legislator sponsoring House Bill 205. The bill would fine schools $1,500 if they don't say the…